The Juche Idea (DVD)

Directed by Jim Finn

Year: 2008
Running Time: 62
UPC: 7 38329 07112 7
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: Korean, Bulgarian, and English with English subtitles [audio]
$24.95 $18.71 (25% off) Buy DVD
Only ships to US & Canada

The Juche Idea (DVD)

Cast
Oleg Mavromatti
Kim Sung
Daniela Kostova
Jung Yoon Lee

Crew
Composed by Neung Phak and Pauline Oliveros
Directed by Jim Finn

Jim Finn's The Juche Idea is an uproarious and provocative deconstruction of North Korean propaganda and philosophy. Mixing together eye-popping archival footage with deadpan re-enactments, Finn has created a complex docu-fiction that is equally thought-provoking and entertaining. Translated as self-reliance, Juche (CHOO-chay) is a hybrid of Confucian and Stalinist thought that Kim Jong-il adapted from his father and applied to the entire culture. In The Juche Idea, a sympathetic South Korean filmmaker visits a North Korean artists' colony to bring Juche ideas into the 21st century. She ends up producing hilariously stilted shorts, including a nonsensical sci-fi story and the enigmatic "Dentures of Imperialism."

Inspired by the true story of how a South Korean director was kidnapped in the 70s to invigorate the North's movie industry, The Juche Idea is both sardonic satire and historical excavation, an exuberant collage that reveals the absurdity at the heart of Kim-Jong-il's regime.


DVD Extras Include:

  • Commentary from Director Jim Finn
  • The Short Films of Jim Finn
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers

"Like a Saturday Night Live sketch devoted to Kim Jong-il." - Mike Hale, The New York Times

"Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art, Mr. Finn's meticulous, deadpan mockumentaries often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe." - Dennis Lim, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The evidence that current filmmaking is brimming with original, standard-breaking creations has to include the work of Jim Finn, whose brilliant 'The Juche Idea'... effectively completes a trilogy of ultra-compact features that boldly upturn notions of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and restaging, and even what an 'experimental film' actually is. To say that these films open up new possibilities for satire, ideas and language isn't an overstatement." - Robert Koehler, VARIETY

  • WINNER: Best Narrative Feature, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2008

    CLOSING NIGHT FILM: New York Underground Film Festival 2008

    HONORABLE MENTION: Ann Arbor Film Festival 2008

    OFFICIAL SELECTION: Vancouver International 2008

    OFFICIAL SELECTION: Edinburgh 2008

Interested in bringing The Juche Idea to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

The Juche Idea may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.



To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 4:42pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': The 16th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Kino Lorber has received 16 nominations: ' https://t.co/GDFz6zj2uv…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 4:07pm
RT' @nofilmschool': How LIKE ME used psychedelic imagery (and the words of Guillermo del Toro) to explore loneliness' https://t.co/5WdXBZ3XOP…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 3:33pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Our Fab Feb Sale Starts Today! 135 Blu-rays - From $7.99 to $11.99! Sale Ends Feb 28! Free USA Shipping - Orders of $5…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 3:16pm
RT' @crolinss': My' @Fandor' debut on Robert Mockler's electrifying thriller' @LikeMeFilm' !!' @KinoLorber' ' https://t.co/6Y8pAmlmYE'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 2:11pm
Hey Toronto! TOM OF FINLAND (@ToFmovie) is finally coming for you starting Friday at the' @ImagineCarlton':…' https://t.co/L8y2BDBgaU'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 12:39pm
RT' @TheFilmStage': Emir Kusturica's Palme d'Or winner 'Underground' arrives on Blu-ray today via' @KinoLorber':' https://t.co/kZxZJwimVV' https:…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:29am
RT' @DVDBeaver': Released TODAY Emir Kusturica's Underground Blu-ray' @KinoLorber'' https://t.co/9zYoHiwE5B' Our Review:' https://t.co/qTFKKfPP5E…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:29am
RT' @DVDBeaver': Release TODAY Covered Wagon' @KinoLorber' ' https://t.co/VkscxqcWz0' Our Review:' https://t.co/L6XAATmcbq' The first Western epic!…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:28am
💊' @LikeMeFilm' hits VOD today and' @IndieWire's' got the first seven minutes of the film up on their Facebook so you c…' https://t.co/sonLA9zwBS'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:21am
A critically acclaimed psychedelic thriller about the horrors of social media obsession,' @LikeMeFilm' starring…' https://t.co/17nxMQOxEk'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com